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The Amazon Way

5.0 out of 5 stars The Heart of Amazon, April 12, 2017

If you are looking for a way to improve how you manage your own company or are just curious about an inside look at how amazon works this is a great place to start. Of all the books I've read on amazon this one seems the most useful and insightful. By reading this book you can gain knowledge that will allow you to apply lessons learned to your own business.

I feel this book effectively captures the essence of amazon's leadership. There are many quotes and letters by Jeff Bezos which reveal his brilliance and also dedication to customers. He really does seek to delight customers and wants them to have the best experience on the web. Some of his comments are also lol funny. This book explains how Jeff Bezos has built a culture that meets extremely high standards. While other authors have perhaps guessed at what Jeff is thinking, John Rossman actually really seems to know and bases his information off Jeff's words. The heart of amazon is finally revealed. John Rossman excels at paying attention to the details.

Most books on amazon tend to be highly analytical but this one goes even deeper to the core of what amazon is. Working at amazon seems to be a character building process. Some of the stories of what amazon has done to keep customers happy are also amazing. The technology is mind blowing.

I especially enjoy books written by former employees and this one is no exception. Since John Rossman used to work for amazon he has the inside scoop and he presents people who work there in a very positive light.

What this book does well is capture the excitement of amazon. I read this book in one day and had trouble putting it down. It was that interesting. Now I understand the depths to which Jeff Bezos goes to make amazon my favorite website. This book made me wonder what surprises are awaiting us all in the near future.

So I felt this was an intellectually invigorating read and I especially enjoyed Jeff's letters to his stockholders. This book gives sage advice on how to manage a company that is customer-centric. It also explains what attracts high-performing employees. You can't afford not to read this book if you own your own company. It is that good!

~The Rebecca Review


One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon.com


5.0 out of 5 starsCaptures the Excitement of the Amazon Experience, October 17, 2012

"One Click" is especially well researched and effectively captures the excitement of the amazon experience. If you love amazon and want to know how it evolved then this is one of the best books on the subject.

Richard L. Brandt also spends a great deal of time talking about Jeff Bezos in particular. I loved the cute stories of Jeff's childhood and the explanation about why he is so enthusiastic about space travel. I've always known that Jeff Bezos was smart, however the information in this book about his life gave me a whole new level of respect. He is far more complex than even I imagined.

After reading this book I felt that Richard L. Brandt masterfully wove the story of Jeff Bezos' life with the history of amazon. The author also includes a chapter on the Kindle and some information about Netflix that might surprise you.

Overall I felt this book would be appreciated by reviewers, customers, business leaders and entrepreneurs. I look forward to reading other books by this author.

~The Rebecca Review


The Everything Store

5.0 out of 5 starsAbsolutely Fascinating, October 16, 2013


Brad Stone has the heart of an investigative reporter and deftly uncovers fascinating tidbits of Amazon's history from the time it was just a thought in Jeff Bezos' head until Amazon took over the Internet world.

"The Everything Store" is truly a love story for anyone who has watched Amazon evolve over the past eighteen years. This extremely well-written book is the result of over 300 interviews with all the major players in Jeff Bezos' life.

Jeff is presented as an eternal optimist, an extreme risk taker and a demanding perfectionist. Basically the man we have come to love and respect who gives the customer exactly what they want even when he has to fight for his vision.

Some of the things Jeff is recorded as saying made me laugh out loud. Some things he has said made me sit up and pay attention. Brad Stone however doesn't shy away from the realities of Jeff Bezos being a powerful leader. This makes this story riveting and Brad Stone makes sure you feel like you were there when every challenging decision was faced.

I have read other books on Amazon and have found them all intriguing, however this book is such a detailed version of the history of Amazon that I'd suggest you read it first. To be honest every sentence in this book is a pleasure to read. It is the type of book that makes your heart beat a little faster in anticipation of the next tantalizing detail.

Here are some more books on amazon if you are interested:

Amazonia: Five Years at the Epicenter of the Dot.Com Juggernaut

21 Dog Years: Doing Time at Amazon.com

amazon.com - Get Big Fast : Inside the Revolutionary Business Model That Changed the World

Jeff Bezos: Business Genius of Amazon.Com (Internet Biographies)

~The Rebecca Review



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